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Saturday Night Gimmick!

It's a Saturday night. I'm a bit tired coming from a party. The kids are asleep. Pauline's on TV. After a full week, I'm on my bed wanting to relax and have my me-time. Three things to choose from: a book to read, NBA 2k13, or surfing the web. I choose to surf the web. What do…

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Waiting breathlessly for a co-founder? Just start.

Off the top of my head, I could name 10 different people who cannot get their startup off the ground because of the lack of a co-founder. During the open forum of the last JUAN GREAT MEET in Briggy, there was a flurry of co-founder related questions: How do you find the right co-founder? Where do you find…

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The Dangers of Reverse Momentum

I haven't written in around 2 weeks. Last week, I had an excuse - I was bedridden for much of the time. This week though, I could've hammered out some posts earlier, but I just inexplicably refused to do so - it was like I was allergic to the keyboard all of a sudden. Since I hadn't…

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Wunderkind

Yesterday, I had the privilege of giving a talk at the AIESEC Leadership Convergence Summit. The person who spoke before me was Gian Scottie Javelona and I found his story riveting. The people at the conference were branding him a "19-year old CEO." But I think this title sells him short. Anyone can call herself CEO. Those…

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1% Membership Requires Conviction

No matter how loud this blog becomes, 99% of people will still choose to go the usual route. 99% percent will still choose to go with the herd. 99% will still play it safe and choose the comfort of a twice-a-month salary. What differentiates the 1% from the 99%? What differentiates the 1% from the 99% is…

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“You want to be an astronaut kid? Go for it!”

You know, I've always said in this blog that if you are a single young person, you just have to go for it and take the leap, after all, you don't have any large bills yet nor a family to support. Wait, so does that mean that if you're slightly older and have a family to support…

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Perhaps You are the Bottleneck

I've recently been talking to some of the incubators that have sprouted in Manila. Let me tell you, we've come a long way from the "I want 80% of your startup since I'm shouldering all the risk!" we've always heard from angels and investors when we tried to raise money before. If your team is top-notch and…

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World, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

It's been close to a year now that I wrote this post. In it, I lamented at how poor the startup support was in our country. I compared our startup scene to that of our neighboring countries and complained. Then, almost on cue, all the activity started. The first Startup Weekend was launched and was followed by…

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Filipino Migrants, Give Back By Backing a Pinoy Startup!

Over the last 2 months, I have had an inordinate amount of conversations with friends who have migrated to other countries, very typically to get their MBA's and then ending up working there. The conversation invariably turns into "what's the best way to help?" In one of these talks, I was with my ex-boss and good friend,…

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Get up and DESTROY those blinders!

My whole entrepreneur life has been a series of episodes where my eyes were opened to a greater reality. I can still remember when STORM collected its first payment back in 2005. My partner Pao and I gave a gaming company 2-weeks of access to our new online survey software for P5000. (which was completely, idiotically underpriced!)…

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